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Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Press Release
February 24, 2016
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Correctional Officers Criminally Charged Following OIG Investigation

CHIPLEY, Fla. –The State Attorney’s Office in the 14th Judicial Circuit criminally charged one current and three former Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) employees on February 1, 2016, following an FDC Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigation. Correctional Officers Daniel Lucante, Kendal May and Grady Johnson and Correctional Officer Sergeant Joseph Stapp have been charged with Malicious Battery Upon an Inmate.

Lucante, Johnson and Stapp are not currently employed with the Department. May is currently on administrative leave pending discipline. The Florida Department of Corrections Office of Inspector General acknowledges the cooperation and assistance provided by the State Attorney’s Office in the 14nd Judicial Circuit.

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Click here to see the affidavit. The following exemptions apply to the redactions:

Medical, psychological, and dental records, without a properly executed DC4-711B Consent for Release form. § 945.10(1)(a), 456.057(7)(a), F.S., 45 C.F.R., § 164.502

The home addresses, telephone numbers, including cellular and personal pager numbers, social security numbers, dates of birth, and photographs of active or former department employees and/or their spouses and children; places of employment; daycare facilities, and/or schools of active or former department employees’ spouses and children (sections 119.071 (4)(d), F.S. and 945.10(1)(e), F.S.


As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 24,000 members statewide, incarcerates more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 140,000 offenders in the community.

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